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 The NCEIF is a not-for-profit event set up to address the needs and challenges specific to community engagement in the infrastructure industry. The three founders Donna Groves from Comacon, Allison Hendricks from Darzin Software and Melanie Layton from GHD were keen to set up a forum for the exchange and sharing of knowledge and expertise within this rapidly growing sector. The infrastructure sector is often an entry point for people new to the community engagement and consultation industry, and there has traditionally been a lack of training or conferences designed to support these new engagement practitioners. By focussing the discussions on this sector we hope to support practitioners and advance the practice of community and stakeholder engagement in Australia.


The National Community Engagement for Infrastructure Forum (NCEIF) will be held in Sydney on Thursday and Friday 22 - 23 August 2019 at Pier One, Sydney. This newly created forum has been developed by three ambitious women who are passionate about working with communities to help them understand infrastructure and how major projects and communities can work collaboratively.

Founders, Allison Hendricks from Darzin, Donna Groves from Comacon, and Melanie Layton from GHD are old friends and colleagues who have collectively been working in the stakeholder engagement and communication space for more than 60 years.

Over the 2016-17 reporting period, Infrastructure Australia published a newly revised Infrastructure Priority List identifying 100 major proposals that Australia needs over the next 15 years. This is the largest-ever number of infrastructure proposals on the Priority List.

As community engagement professionals, we need to prepare now to better understand these drivers of future demand for infrastructure and how we, and the communities in which we work, can be ready for this growth. The NCEIF will provide insight on advancing community consultation in the infrastructure and natural resources space; discovering new industry trends and policies which may impact the community engagement framework and the development of infrastructure projects now and in the future; and exploring new tools and the latest research to support community and stakeholder engagement in infrastructure.

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Who Will Attend

Industry leaders, including community and stakeholder engagement professionals, communications consultants, policy makers, civil engineers, urban architects, technology experts and related professionals.

What To Expect

Our conference is an engaging experience for delegates, certainly not your typical conference!

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